It seems the news that James Perch will be sold to Wigan for around £700K is true, and James could be the first player to leave the club this summer for a fee – and the fee is about what we paid for him three years ago from Nottingham Forest – his home town club.
James Perch – good service for Newcastle over last two seasons
Danny Simpson has already joined QPR and Steve Harper’s last pay-day at Newcastle after twenty years at the club was Sunday, and we expect Steve to get linked up with another club soon.
Perch had a tough first year at Newcastle, but he has played 81 times for Newcastle with one goal, and he has been a popular player at Newcastle, because he always gives his best and can play in many different positions.
But it seems James will be moved out as Gael Bigirimana and Vurnon Anita can be used in Perch’s various positions next season.
Bigirimana is an excellent young defensive midfielder, and he showed how good he is already with 25 appearances for the club last season and one goal.
Vurnon Anita took his first season on Tyneside to settle down, much like James Perch did, but Vurnon can play in either full back position, and in central midfield, in either the defensive or attacking role. – and we think he’s still going to turn out to be a great signing for us.
Jame Perch reminded many fans of Aaron Hughes, who Graeme Souness moved out in the summer of 2005 to Aston Villa, because he wasn’t good enough for Newcastle.
But Aaron is still playing first team football at Fulham eight years later, and like Perch, he wasn’t a big star – but he could get the job done, and he’s proved that since he left Newcastle.
It may be a good thing to have a clear-out of players, but we would have kept Perch on Tyneside, because he got the job done for Newcastle.
James will be a great signing for new Wigan manager Owen Coyle, and as we’ve found out, James is an excellent professional and has been a credit to himself and to Newcastle.
But the news is that Newcastle will be in no hurry to accept Wigan’s bid, in the hopes of driving up the price and we expect quite a few clubs to come in for James.
What do you think?
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